A lot of restaurants open in London every week.
It’s a lot to digest.
So to make sure you’re acquainted with only the very best, we’ve put together a short-but-sweet-with-savoury-notes rundown of the hottest eateries in town right now.
First off, we should begin with Paradise. It’s a Sri-Lankan spot in Soho. And normally, calling a restaurant something as punchy as that would be setting yourself up for a fall, unless the food was absolutely stellar. And – spoiler alert – the food is absolutely stellar. It’s getting the kinds of reviews other places dream of. Go now, or you won’t be able to get in for a year.
The Water House Project
Other paces gathering critical acclaim include The Water House Project. It only opened a few days ago, and it’s only got two tables… but show-runner Gabriel Waterhouse is basically a Michelin Star in the waiting. Nearby in Dalston you’ll also find Oren, a Middle Eastern spot where every dish is a treat – in fact, Jay Rayner described one of them as “verging on genius”. And while we’re in the Middle East, there’s Israeli vegetarian joint Bubala in Spitalfields. It was easily one of the best restaurants of 2019, and the critics are basically high-fiving the place in print. Carnivore or not, you’ll love it.
One dish the city isn’t lacking is fresh pasta. It all started with Padella (coming to Shoredich soon!) and Pastaio; now we have Legare, Lina Stores, Bancone and Manteca joining the ranks in just the past few months. Lina Stores’ new sibling in King’s Cross is worth a trip for the decor alone – swathed in their own custom shade of Lina Green, it’s like a 1950s New York-Italian deli has sprung up inside an old Victorian warehouse. And as for Bancone, their Covent Garden flagship opened without much fanfare in 2018, until the critics rolled in. Grace Dent deemed it ‘casually orgasmic’, and the crowds and the Michelin Bib Gourmand soon followed.
Lina Stores King’s Cross
You can’t discuss hot London restaurants without giving a nod to Gloria, still basking in glory a year after it opened – you’re currently looking at a 1.5 hour wait time. Those looking for the polar opposite of that restaurant’s excess should head down to the minimalist, zero-waste hotspot that is Silo, which is finding itself to be just as rammed each night.
Last but not least, especially when it comes to the bill, is Davies & Brook. Given the chef’s pedigree, if it doesn’t win three Michelin Stars, it’ll be considered a disappointment. And you know what? They appear to be right on their way to snapping them all up.
Like knowing about the best spots in the city? Take a look at our London Restaurant Bible